Slowly, Slowly Getting Back into My Schedule

Last week was truly a gift. The weather was August perfect, a reminder of why people come to Maine in the summer. The days were hot, but not too hot, and the nights were cool enough to need blankets for sleeping.Β  Much of my time was spent on the patio, where I read, napped, took pictures, and ate. It was absolutely wonderful not to hurry through the day.

One night we had shrimp and Farmer Kev’s corn on the cob. Delicious!

Every evening we had drinks.

As we sipped our drinks and chatted, hummingbirds visited the last of the blooming bee balm. Soon those little lovelies will be gone, winging their way south to warmer weather.

Cardinals also came. But instead of bee balm nectar, they wanted to eat seeds at the brown feeder.

Truthfully, I could use another week off, but there is much work to do over the next few months. However, I am going to ease back slowly, first with blogging and then with other writing—my podcast and the final editing of my book Out of Time.

But all is not labor and toil at our home in the woods. This week we are having a Tri-State Virtual Film Festival where one night the whole family watches a movie and the next evening we get together—via Zoom—to discuss it.

We’ve already seen two movies, and I’ll be writing more about this on Friday as our Tri-State Virtual Film Festival is definitely making me happy.

66 thoughts on “Slowly, Slowly Getting Back into My Schedule”

  1. Not too hot during the day and needing a blanket at night is perfect as far as i’m concerned. I’m still under a sheet only and even that’s still a bit too much so I’m looking forward to the weather becoming a bit more clement. There are definitely signs of it.
    I was thinking of you yesterday as I finished ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ and remember you saying on Wild Daffodil’s post that you had read it. Just tell me briefly – are you in the ‘loved it to bits’ camp or not? Then I’ll tell you which one I’m in. πŸ˜‰

    1. I am just over half way and struggling, but I don’t really enjoy reading fiction anymore so it would have to be pretty spectacular to get me gripped. I’m also a bit of a wuss, so any kind of tension or hint of menace puts me off. My daughter enjoyed it and so did the friend who leant it to me. At the beginning I enjoyed the descriptive language. Now I am interested in finishing it to see what you two thought of it.

      1. I think the “menace” part of it subsides, by the way. I am the same way – a wuss and proud of it. ❀

        My issue is with a plot hole I cannot figure out.

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful week doing all the things you wanted to do, and I know you will for sure enjoy your movie festival and family time. πŸ™‚ Our weather definitely wasn’t that cool, but I’m glad you got to enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  3. You got me at “cool enough to need blankets.” Add shrimp, corn on the cob, and a patio, and it sounds like perfection. I’m so glad you were able to have such a nice week — enjoy this one, and the next, and the next…!

  4. Now that sounds like a really good way to spend a week! I’m sure everyone benefits from the occasional week of total relaxation. Also what a great idea to do your own film festival…..I look forward to your movie reviews for us.
    By the way, I can buy “Twigs in My Hair” from my favourite Aussie online store, so will do that when we come back from visiting our daughter.

  5. I am jealous! We have had a series of storms with high winds, torrential rain and chilly temperatures for August! It is grey and dreary and it’s getting me down! I think it is going to be a long winter here. Enjoy your summer while it lasts – winter is the time for writing!

    1. In Maine, August is usually the best month of summer, and so it has been this year. In between writing and other chores, I get plenty of outside time. πŸ˜‰

  6. What a wonderful week and I’m so glad the weather cooperated so you could enjoy the patio and beautiful visitors!πŸ™‚ The virtual film festival sounds great and I’m looking forward to reading about the movies and virtual festival reviews.πŸ™‚

      1. Didn’t puff well at all. Last night, I split the pita, brushed the halves with olive oil, and broiled them. Much better! They came out deliciously crisp and went very well with our soup.

      2. That’s the challenge with low carb breads, I think, they behave so differently from their white flour counterparts. It is good to know that there is a save!

        Crisp pita (slathered with olive oil) with soup sounds wonderful!

  7. Your week off sounds lovely. I wish you could take another too, but you’d probably start stressing over all that needs to be done. The family movie/zoom thing sounds fun! Love your photos. We are enjoying corn on the cob too. That season is too short, but that’s probably why we enjoy it so much.

  8. What a happy post. So good to take time to just be. Watching the nature around you is a wonderful way to slow down and I thank you for sharing those lovely photos!

  9. Hurray! I was not sure what I was seeing at first, but then the hummingbird leapt out at me. That corn on the cob looks delicious. It is never the same here as it is over there.

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